Toe laceration (cut in the skin)

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A wound is a skin issue involving lack of tissue on an area less than or greater. In a chronic wound the healing is bad or the evolution is not favorable for 6 weeks. Normal wounds (e. g. Cuts) usually heal in 2 to 4 weeks.

Lacerated, cut, or bleeding toes, especially those associated with a fracture or dislocation, can lead to serious problems if they are not treated properly and immediately. Severely bruised toes can swell to such an extent that the blood vessels in the toes are compressed so that enough blood does not come into the toe to allow proper healing of the wound.

Causes and Risk factors

If you have diabetes, poor circulation, other systemic diseases, or you are taking blood thinners, even a minor tear in the skin can become a serious problem if not treated immediately by a doctor. Deep wounds, those which expose bone and tendons, or wounds which are filled with dirt and other contaminants must also be treated immediately by a doctor, in order to prevent serious infection. Nerve and tendon lacerations of the foot and ankle region are relatively common.

Diagnosis and Treatment

Acute nerve and tendon injuries should be repaired with appropriate techniques at the time of initial wound exploration. Primary nerve repair may help minimize the risk of painful neuroma formation; primary tendon repair can lead to better functional results than delayed repair.

Most chronic nerve injuries, except those to the tibial nerve or its major divisions, are managed by resection of a painful neuroma and burying the nerve ending in a protected area. Delayed reconstruction of tendon injuries is performed when correction of the functional deficit outweighs the morbidity of surgery. You need to use common sense when treating wounds and lacerations. If you are not sure of the extent of your injury, see a doctor immediately! The wound should heal quickly and completely. However, if you see any signs of infection such as: pus, increased redness, swelling, warmth, or continued bleeding and pain, see a doctor immediately. ...